Jane Austen's 8-bit Adventure

A new game for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) and PC

Classic literature meets classic gaming in Jane Austen's 8-bit Adventure! This 2D platformer stars Jane Austen, English novelist, who finds herself in an 8-bit video game. The game runs on real NES hardware from the 1980s, and on modern PCs - Windows, Mac, and Linux.


The Steam and itch.io downloads include Jane Austen's 8-bit Adventure for Windows, Mac, and Linux (supports Steam Deck), plus a bonus NES ROM file that you can play in the emulator of your choice. Or, you can purchase the Mac version directly from the Mac App Store.

Available on Steam Available on itch.io Available on Mac


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Check out the demo on Argon! There's also a demo on Steam and itch.io.

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Coming Soon: NES Cartridges

We plan to release Jane Austen's 8-bit Adventure on physical NES cartridges too! In the meantime, you can get the NES ROM file as part of the digital download.


Jane Austen's 8-bit Adventure (2023, Bitwise Reprise) is a delightful throwback to the NES games of yore. Bitwise Reprise has given us the Regency platformer we should have had all along. If you're a fan of Austen's work, SMB, Castlevania, and libraries, check it out!”
— E.C. Myers, Twitter

Jane Austen's 8-bit Adventure from Bitwise Reprise and Matthew Justice is a bright, colorful, and unique look at literary history…” Twitter
“This game's great… Tons of fun!” YouTube
— Obscure Games and Consoles

“This is a no-nonsense platformer where you're hopping from platform to platform, collecting pages of a book, and using a quill (yes, a quill) to fend off enemies. It's kind of like if Mario and Castlevania had a baby and that baby was raised by a British author from the 1800s.”
— The Game Beaters, YouTube